In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7
Personally, the last two weeks have been very difficult for me–my dad has been experiencing some very serious health issues. Thankfully, things seem to be headed in a positive direction. We appreciate all the prayers and support that has been extended to our family; thank you.
I’m sure you may have faced similar seasons in your own life. Peter reminds us that there are important lessons to be learned in our trials. We learn: (1) Trials only last for a little while. We must view our current difficulty in light of eternity; before we know it, this life will be done and we will forever be with the Lord. (2) Trials refine our faith. How does our faith grow in our glorious Father? Many times, our faith expands by experiencing His faithfulness during our difficulties. Faith is more valuable than any earthly commodity. Our faith is refined in the midst of trial; thus, making the trial worth it. (3) Trials produce something that lasts for eternity. Faith is pleasing to God. In fact, God declares that without faith, it is impossible to please Him. Those are all important reminders.
Trials strengthen my faith, which in turn, brings God glory for eternity. My prayer is that God would give us His perspective on the trials of this life.